I'm 23 and for the last 3 or so years I've had some really bad sinus problems. I have extreme pressure all around my nose. There isn't a whole lot of drainage, but there is some. I also have a lot of pressure around my eyes. I've used antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra... and have used Sudafed at the same time. I've also had prescriptions for cortisteroid nasal sprays and for Astelin (an antihistamine nasal spray). Some of these things seem to help, but never for very long. I get sinus infections frequently.
I've noticed recently though that my congestion seems to worsen after meals, especially those that were heavy on wheat products (spaghetti, sandwiches, etc). I did some searching online and heard other people say that as well, that the wheat allergy causes histamines to increase or whatever and therefore causes the congestion. So now I'm wondering if I should try to go a couple weeks or a month without wheat, just because I feel like I've tried EVERYTHING else.
Does anyone else suffer from this, or know someone that does? How long does it take for your sinuses to return to normal after not eating wheat?
I have a wheat allergy, my main symptom before being diagnosed was severe sinusitis and migraines. No allergy meds worked because I was eating the allergen. Now that I do not eat wheat/gluten, I do not have chronic sinusitis anymore. I get airborne allergies to wheat as well and will be starting allergy shots to keep from getting a histamine response to wheat when I am around it. You could try a gluten free diet to see if it works. You will have to go completely GF for at least 2 weeks to see if you get better. You must avoid barley and rye as well, as they contain wheat. No beer, bread, soy sauces, etc. Wheat is in everything. Learn how to eat GF before starting so you don't screw up the test. They even put wheat in shampoo, which gets in your mouth when you shampoo your hair. Mascara is also full of wheat and will get into your body through your eye membranes, another huge source is lipstick. Wheat is hard to avoid, but can be done with a little education and a lot of label reading. Good luck.
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